TAG: Sociology

Op-Ed: Why Gender Washrooms?

Gender-neutral washroom in a Starbucks

I’m really going to go off topic with this one. The topic of washrooms comes to mind once in a while (especially when I’m using one). For as long as I have been alive, washrooms have been gendered in Canada. By that I mean they have been labelled with either “Men” or “Women”. What we all see is a a sign on the door indicating “Men” or “Women” with a small comic graphic indicating the specific gender the should use the washroom. I wanted to look at how odd this idea is, and what kind of issues that arise because of this gendering.

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